17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”
– Genesis 9:17
A synonym for covenant is a pledge, a promise, a commitment.
This verse made me think about the commitments I need to make certain I am honoring.
I need to be committed to my wife, my children, my parents, my relatives, my friends, my church, helping others, my employer, God and yes even myself.
In this post I will highlight a few of these commitments – my wife, my children, helping others, my employer, myself and God.
My wife is my life long partner. I must be committed to loving her. I must be committed to together facing what life brings to us. We must do everything together and at the same time support each other’s individual pursuits and goals. Together we will love, raise, teach and discipline our children.
I must be committed to helping others. I can do this by volunteering my time to support organizations that my church or employer assists. I can do this spontaneously when I come across a stranger who has a need that I can meet on the spot. For example, my family and I were in a Sydney, Australia a week ago. We came across a homeless person. We together bought him breakfast. I don’t say this to brag but to simply mention that people who simply need a meal are all around us.
I must be committed to my employer. They are paying me to do a job. I must be loyal and do the best job I can on the assigned tasks.
Yes, I must be committed to myself. This involves taking care of my mental and physical health. I won’t be able to honor my other commitments if I am not mentally and physically healthy.
Lastly and most importantly, I must be committed to God. For me this involves reading the Bible, praying, meditating, blogging, attending church, being involved in church activities, performing community service and just loving others. God is love so I must be committed to love. The stronger my commitment to God is, the stronger my commitment will be in the other areas.
What commitments are important to you?